The Salvation Armys 127th Red Kettle Campaign Raises 1445 Million

first_imgThe Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign collected $144.5 million in 2017 thanks to the support of donors and corporate partners.The money raised will help The Salvation Army provide food, shelter and social services to nearly 25 million Americans in need this year.“The country faced many hardships last year after multiple natural disasters, making 2017 an even more important year for giving,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. “We’re humbled by the generosity that will allow The Salvation Army to continue serving America’s most vulnerable populations in 2018.”In addition to the $144.5 million raised in red kettles and through corporate partners, online donations through totaled $45.4 million, a 26% increase over 2016.The Salvation Army enjoyed a jam-packed holiday season with initiatives new and old. Starting from the top:The Salvation Army began the season by issuing a call for action, asking Americans to join the Fight for Good, the official theme of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign. Joined by a few notable citizen soldiers who each chose their own battle in the Fight for Good, The Salvation Army rallied supporters to designate their contributions to support cause areas that fight hunger, provide shelter or ensure Christmas assistance for those in need.Trick-shot artist and YouTube phenomenon Brodie Smith hosted a fundraiser to fight for hunger relief and teamed up with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk to raise awareness of the need for donations this holiday with a Red Kettle skateboarding trick-shots video.Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones fought to keep families safe and warm during the holidays with a fundraiser dedicated to sheltering the homeless. When she was a child, Lolo and her family benefited from The Salvation Army’s shelter programs, and she made a special appearance on the show Steve to talk about what it means to help others during the holidays.Author and social-good ambassador Chris Strub, who was the first person to livestream from all 50 states, called attention to the many faces and challenges of poverty as he chronicled his 25-state #FightForGoodTour on his social media platforms and YouTube channel.Jerry Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Red Kettle Kickoff performer Thomas Rhett, along with Commissioner David Hudson, The Salvation Army’s new national commander, kicked off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a satellite media tour at AT&T Stadium the day before Thanksgiving. The Dallas Cowboys also showcased #FightForGood on national television just before Thomas Rhett’s LIVE halftime performance. The campaign kickoff marked the 21st year the Cowboys organization has partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic campaign during the nationally televised game. Since partnering with the team, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $2.4 billion.Leading up to and on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, The Salvation Army was seen and talked about during national media appearances on The Today Show with Tony Hawk, Access, Access Live, Buzzfeed’s AM to DM, WGN Radio, Mornings with Maria and Steve. The week of Christmas, The Today Show aired a segment featuring The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope program in San Diego, Calif.Corporate partners also contributed greatly to the success of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign.Red kettles outside of 6,400 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. collected $43.3 million, which contributed about 30 percent of the $144.5 million total. The Kroger Co. hosted Red Kettles at more than 2,700 locations across the country, raising a total of $18.2 million, or about 13 percent of the $144.5 million total. Red kettles at roughly 770 JCPenney stores collected a total of nearly $2.3 million for the campaign, 1,718 Walgreens locations raised $2.5 million, 600 Big Lots locations raised $905,000 and 68 Bass Pro Shops locations raised nearly $440,000.Hanes and The Salvation Army teamed up once again to provide socks to those in need. As part of their annual sock drive, Hanes donated 75,000 pairs of socks to The Salvation Army, bringing the total number of socks donated over the past nine years to more than 2.4 million pairs.Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, Dr Pepper Snapple Group donated a portion of sales to The Salvation Army for every specially marked 7UP, Canada Dry and Squirt two-liter bottle, 20-ounce bottle and 12-pack sold.Calling on snackers to not only give thanks during the holiday season, but to give back, Frito-Lay North America donated to The Salvation Army with every bag sold of its new Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size tortilla chips. Donations totaled $300,000.UPS ran its Wishes Delivered campaign and included The Salvation Army in its select group of charity partners to each receive $33,000. For every wish submitted with the campaign’s hashtag, UPS donated $1 and shared stories of the people and organizations who are solving problems to make a difference in communities.During the holidays, more than three million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with warm meals or toys for their children on Christmas Day. Donations made to the red kettles help The Army provide more than 10 million nights of shelter and 56 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelters for children and families in need. In all, The Salvation Army is able to help nearly 25 million people each year, thanks in large part to people’s generous donations.From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. To learn more, visit read more

CanadaUK produced Sundance doc Tokyo Idols looks at obsessive culture in Japan

first_imgWhat would sound alarm bells in the West appears widely accepted. The fans say they feel more comfortable around the idols and are too shy to talk to grown women. “I also tried to be cute. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to conform to this. It’s very difficult to undo this process; it’s very ingrained.”By: Linda Barnard “I think those men feel somehow threatened by women of their own age,” said Miyake, 40, a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who left Japan at age 26 to study the history of English witchcraft at Oxford University. Miyake doesn’t pass judgment in “Tokyo Idols” about “this thing that’s taken over the cultural scene,” although she questions fans, idols and one performer’s mother about the appropriateness of middle-aged men mooning over very young girls. Miyake follows 19-year-old Rio Hiiragi, who fears she’s coming close to her idol expiration date and campaigns relentlessly to stay on top. “I can’t do this forever,” she says. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “This is a business based on illusion and misunderstanding and these guys are obsessive types, so some do get it wrong and could turn aggressive,” Miyake said. The idols are getting progressively younger. One male fan praises his pre-teen idol crush for being “underdeveloped.” Another grey-haired man spends hours making glittery T-shirts to wear to shows by his favourite teen idol. Miyake also understands the pressure young girls are under in Japan, a society where gender roles tend to the traditional. Facebook Advertisement These carefully timed 60-second meetings with the idols include only one physical interaction: a handshake. An everyday act in many countries, it has sexual undercurrents in Japan, said Miyake. While most men “play by the rules” when meeting idols, one of them 20-year-old Mayu Tomita, was stabbed repeatedly by a lovesick fan last May.center_img Login/Register With: Among them is 43-year-old Koji Yoshida, who drops thousands of dollars a year on idol concert tickets and meet-and-greet “handshake events.” Advertisement Her mostly male fans — who call themselves Rio’s brothers — are socially awkward types not comfortable spending time with women their own age. “Yes, it’s creepy,” acknowledges writer-director Kyoko Miyake of the middle-aged men obsessively following anime-inspired J-pop female idols half their age — and younger — in her documentary “Tokyo Idols.” “I grew up in Japan and I always felt awkward because I couldn’t be cute or act cute and I felt very judged,” Miyake said. Miyake sought out Canadian and U.K. financing rather than Japanese money for the film, allowing her to make the movie her way and be “quite free of censorship” in exploring the idol phenomenon. Advertisement Shot in Japan, the Canada-U.K produced film had its world premiere at Sundance last Friday and will eventually air on Canada’s Super Channel. She hopes “Tokyo Idols” can start a conversation about why some men feel they can only relate to young girls “because in Japan, we are not talking to each other.” Some 10,000 idols are part of a $1-billion annual industry in Japan, where looking “fresh” and “cute” is the goal. Usually under 20, the singer-dancers perform in fantasy costumes that echo schoolgirls, French maids and kittens. Twitterlast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Corus Writers Apprentice Program in Conjunction with the Banff

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, March 28, 2018 – It’s back again! Today, the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) and CorusEntertainment announced that submissions are being accepted for the 2018 Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program. Attracting experienced writers from across Canada each year, this program offers instructive training and insights into the demands of writing successful television programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, April 20, 2018. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Past Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program recipients have included Tara Armstrong (creator and writer, Mary Kills People), Danielle Shamash & Robyn Matlin (writers, Seed), Gemma Holdway (story editor, Cardinal) and Marsha Greene (story editor and writer, Private Eyes, Mary Kills People and Ten Days in the Valley).For more information about the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program, please click here.Social Media Links:Follow The Banff World Media Festival on Twitter @BanffMedia and FacebookAbout Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at the Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 39th annual Banff World Media Festival will take place June 10-13, 2018 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada. Twitter Advertisement Selected candidates will be invited to attend BANFF on a full-access pass and benefit from the extensive networking, pitching, and business-building opportunities. They will also have the chance to meet with showrunners, agents, producers and funders from leading broadcasters from North America and around the world. Moreover, the participants of the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program will be placed in a two-week internship in the writer’s room of a current Canadian comedy or drama series.“In its fifth year, the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program continues to foster fresh new creative talent and along with the networking opportunities at BANFF, it also provides them with real story room mentorship opportunities,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “The program offers tools, training and industry access to move careers and projects forward and supporting that professional development is a win for us in the creative industry.”last_img read more

Nordstrom launches first national Canadian campaign

first_img Facebook Nordstrom first opened its doors in Canada in 2014, and this week it has launched its first national campaign tailor-made for the market.The campaign is dubbed “True Nord,” combining English and French lyrics from the Canadian national anthem, with creative that emphasizes the values that make the country “strong and free.” Videos in the campaign continue to play off the anthem’s lyrics, with Nordstrom addressing Canadians and letting them know why the retailer is proud to call the country one of its homes. Twitter Login/Register With: The campaign was shot in and around the Greater Toronto Area, featuring 13 different Canadian personalities as models. They include Bag and a Beret blogger Mel Kobayashi, Harjas Singh (a stylist and fashion consultant), United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and trans activist Biko Beauttah, as well as model and The Canadian Curvies co-founder Yolanda May Largie. Profiles of the models are also being shared on Nordstrom’s website.Creative assets, shot by photographer and director Justin Tyler Close, are appearing in out-of-home, digital, pre-roll and social. There is also a TV spot, a first for the retailer in Canada, to bring mass reach to the campaign.Nordstrom worked with Ogilvy on the campaign, the first since the two began working together last year.In the videos, the narration very clearly attempts to position Nordstrom as an outsider. It is not attempting to make itself seem like a “Canadian company,” but rather one that has been made to feel welcome here because of shared values it admires, especially when it comes to things like diversity and acceptance.“We value the richness that diversity and culture bring to our communities and wanted to reflect the customers we serve,” Bailey says about the creative. “We wanted to celebrate Canadians and their inclusive and welcoming spirit through the lens of individuality and personal style.”Nordstrom’s internal marketing team previously worked with DDB to create some regional advertising in Canadian cities that helped promote the opening of new stores over the years, with most national work being part of North America-wide campaigns.John Bailey, spokesperson for Nordstrom, says the timing was right for the retailer’s first national Canada-specific campaign, as its six main stores are now up and running, with plans to expand its off-price Nordstrom Rack banner with a total of six new locations in 2018. There are plans to continue Canadian advertising in the future, though Bailey did not offer further details. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement MIKE MYERS: ‘AUSTIN POWERS 4’ IS LOOKING GOODMike Myers says ‘Austin Powers 4’ is “looking good”, as he teased fans of the series can expect to see the spy “soon”.The 55-year-old actor starred as both the titular comedic parody of suave spy James Bond and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil in three movies – ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ in 1997, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ in 1999, and ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ in 2002 – and after 16 years away from the roles, he has now claimed the eagerly awaited fourth instalment could be coming to cinemas soon.   READ MOREMIKE MYERS TEASES AUSTIN POWERS 4: “IT’S LOOKING GOOD”Mike Myers is saying “yeah, baby, yeah!” to a fourth Austin Powers movie.The 55-year-old actor, who starred in all three Austin Powers films from 1997 to 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember, has opened up about a possible new film in the franchise. While it’s been 16 years since the last Austin Powers movie was released, fans are still holding out hope that there will be a fourth film. So what are the chances the fans will get another Austin Powers movie?  READ MOREMIKE MYERS SAYS PROSPECTS FOR FOURTH AUSTIN POWERS MOVIE ARE ‘LOOKING GOOD’The actor predicts that his character Dr. Evil should make his return ‘soon’Mike Myers has further teased a possible fourth instalment for the Austin Powers franchise.The Canadian-American actor said prospects for a new film are “looking good” and predicted that his character Dr Evil should make his return in the near future.“You’re going to see Dr Evil soon, somewhere in the culture,” he told Access Online at the premiere of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in which he plays EMI executive Ray Foster.  READ MOREOH GOOD, MIKE MYERS SAYS HE MIGHT MAKE ANOTHER AUSTIN POWERS MOVIEHe said the prospects for a new sequel are “looking good.”Because we apparently haven’t suffered enough in 2018, it looks like Austin Powers might be crawling out of his grave for a return to the big screen “soon,” Mike Myers told Access Online in a red carpet interview.Asked if we might be getting a fourth film in the franchise, the writer and actor behind it said “it’s looking good,” which, you know, is one person’s opinion.“You’re gonna see Dr. Evil soon, somewhere in the culture,” he added.  READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Would you want an Austin Powers movie told from Dr. Evil’s perspective?The Austin Powers franchise has been dormant since 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember, but a fourth instalment in the series might finally be on the way. Mike Myers, who plays Austin Powers and Dr. Evil in the silly spy series, said in interviews recently that a fourth instalment is “looking good,” and it could have a unique hook.Myers told Entertainment Tonight that he is interested in making an Austin Powers movie told from the perspective of Dr. Evil instead of Austin Powers. “I would love to do a movie from Dr. Evil’s perspective. So it would be Dr. Evil 1, Austin Powers 4, is how I would roll,” he said. “Start the campaign, please. Thank you.”   READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook The sun’s shining and you probably want to get outside and splash around in the ocean. So we’ll try and make this quick. In this week’s roundup of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene, there are a few projects getting underway.One is a feature film with—curiously enough—very limited details available about it. Another is a TV series about a group of babysitters who launch a business of their own. Yet another is a horror drama involving a secret society that practices the dark arts to fight supernatural creatures.And in the realm of unusual beings, there’s a mystery-thriller series about mysterious mermaids that’s already gotten underway. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: So if you’re ready to dive in, here’s a peek at what’s filming this week in the city. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement #ToAllTheBoys: P.S. I Still Love You premieres February 12!And a third film —To All The Boys: Always And Forever Lara Jean — is already in production!!!— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 15, 2019 THIRD ‘TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE’ MOVIE IS ALREADY IN PRODUCTIONThe threequel to the Netflix teenage rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is already in production, Netflix and the cast announced on Thursday.The movie series is based off Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy following high schooler Lara Jean’s romantic entanglements. The 2018 first film of the series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a huge success for the streaming service, and it announced a sequel that December. The second installment, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” will hit Netflix on Feb. 12, 2020, while a release date for the third movie, titled “To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean,” has not yet been announced. READ MORE Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To All the Boys Login/Register With: Advertisement ‘TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE’ SEQUEL GETS NETFLIX RELEASE DATE, WITH THIRD MOVIE CONFIRMEDThe sequel to Netflix’s 2018 hit original romantic comedy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which returns stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, now has a title and a release date. It also has a third film that’s officially a go.Netflix confirmed Thursday that the sequel, now called To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, will hit the streaming service February 12. She also confirmed that a third movie in the series, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is in production. No release date for that one yet. READ MORENETFLIX ANNOUNCES ‘TO ALL THE BOYS’ IS ALREADY FILMING A THIRD MOVIEGood news for fans of Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”– the film is getting a third installment.The hit movie that stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and Jordan Fisher will first have the sequel “To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You” which will be released on Feb. 12. READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

Doctor failed to keep notes on Sinclairs mother

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg – The psychiatrist hired to examine Phoenix Sinclair’s mother testified Monday he never kept notes of his meeting with her and simply provided a verbal update to Children and Family Services in Manitoba.Dr. Gary Altman testified Monday at the Sinclair inquiry that is looking into the events surrounding the five-year-old’s care while with CFS and afterwards. Sinclair was found dead in 2005.She was murdered by her mother and stepfather then buried in a shallow grave on the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba.Altman testified he examined Sinclair’s mother Samantha Kematch before the young girl was turned back over to her mother in 2000. Sinclair was an infant at the time.He said he didn’t keep a written file of meeting with Kematch but provided a verbal update to CFS.That’s a major problem according to Arthur Schaefer, director of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Applied Ethics.“It’s unprofessional,” said Schaefer. “It’s a violation of professional ethics not to have careful professional notes.”He said it’s extremely unusually to do a consultation without providing a written report.“I would say a written report would normally be expected and produced. Expected by the client and produced by the mental health professional,” said Schaefer. There may be lots of blame to spread around,” said Schaefer. “It means you are accountable. You could be asked to give an account of yourself…It protects you and also protects the client. I would say it’s not only unusually I would say it would be widely regarded as a violation of professional norms for physicians.”Altman testified he was only asked to assess whether Kematch was depressed, not if she was fit to be a mother.Since the inquiry began the public has had access to never before seen pictures of a thriving and happy little girl.The pictures contrast the cold reality of the little girl’s fate.Altman had to leave the inquiry early to catch a flight.last_img read more

Pot from the Rock Canopy Growth strikes deal for private stores in

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canopy Growth Corp. will have the first privately run legal weed stores announced in Canada under a landmark deal to supply and produce pot in Newfoundland and Labrador.The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with e-commerce operations and grow sites in six other provinces. It’s perhaps best known for its celebrity partnership with American rapper Snoop Dogg under the brand Leafs by Snoop.Its $40 million production plant in or near St. John’s will have a retail outlet in addition to three more storefronts in the province.Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said a custom brand from Newfoundland and Labrador has great potential for sales outside the province. But he was coy when asked if consumers may soon see strains marketed under such labels as: Yes B’y or Best Kind.“I have some very specific branded names of products that I want to bring out of here which would be really foolish for me to say now because everybody would grab them,” he told a news conference Friday in St. John’s.“But I think we can actually create products … that become extremely interesting for a lot of people in the country, and probably some exports internationally.”Linton said Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) is growing fast in Canada and is exporting to Germany, with other countries soon to follow.Critics were quick to say the agreement announced Friday is a “giveaway” that will block smaller producers — concerns Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore downplayed.“What this deal with Canopy has done is secure supply,” he told a news conference. “It also secures production and jobs. We’re open and in active discussion and negotiation with a number of other companies across the province and across the country.“There was no special treatment given to Canopy Growth.”The company will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option, once recreational pot is legalized next July. There is no minimum purchase requirement.The province has no licensed production sites yet so time was of the essence to nail down a reputable source, Mitchelmore said.“This provides stability and confidence.”Canopy Growth will ship product in at first, but will also spend more than $40 million to build a plant that will employ about 145 people. It’s to operate for at least two decades and is expected to produce 12,000 kilograms of flower and oil products a year by 2019.Mitchelmore said the province will contribute to construction costs by reducing remittances the company pays on each sale until those costs are recouped — up to $40 million.Canopy will also invest $100,000 a year in a research-and-development program over five years to be matched by the province.It’s meant to educate other producers under its CraftGrow program.“Our vision is for an industry which leads to production, job creation, supply chain development and research and development in this province,” Mitchelmore said.He estimates the province will ultimately have about 100 pot stores or more.Canopy has also partnered with various groups to educate the public about the dangers of driving high.The province’s liquor corporation will set the price in licensed stores. Recreational pot will be restricted to consumers 19 and older for use in private residences, and will be sold by private retailers.The federal government has moved to legalize recreational weed next July, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said the “secretively brokered” Canopy deal is a missed chance for economic development in a province that desperately needs it. Worse, she said the governing Liberals are giving the company cash breaks that will ultimately be worth millions of dollars as Canopy is free to export surplus product with little local benefit.“This is a real giveaway,” she said in an interview. “What does it say to people in our agricultural industry who saw this as a new growth opportunity?“I think they’ve just been knocked out of the game.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Energy and materials lead stocks in Toronto higher US markets also surge

first_imgA broad rally in Toronto allowed Canada’s main stock index to close the quarter with a triple-digit gain Thursday as U.S. markets also posted strong results.Strong performances from the four main North American indexes came despite no clear triggers for the gains, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“What’s interesting is there’s no real catalysts to the market going up today, compared to the pessimism and concerns that have led to the enhanced levels of turbulence in the last few weeks.”He said some of the gains could potentially be attributed to the end of quarter practice of dumping underperforming stocks and buying rising stocks to improve portfolio appearances at quarter end ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.“A pessimist may look at this market and say the rise today is rooted in window dressing from portfolio managers given the quarter is ending, given that really the news and the sentiment has not changed in any significant way.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 197.35 points at 15,367.29, led by rebounding energy and materials stocks. The late-week gains still left the index down 0.21 per cent for the week and down 5.2 per cent so far this year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 254.69 points at 24,103.11. The S&P 500 index ended up 35.87 points at 2,640.87 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 114.22 points at 7,063.45 as technology stocks saw broad gains.The markets can expect continued wide swings as the sources of volatility, including trade war uncertainty and heightened valuations, are still present, said Pashootan.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.56, up 0.05 cents US even as the Canadian economy posted lower-than-expected January GDP numbers.Statistics Canada said the economy contracted 0.1 per cent in January, compared to the 0.1 per cent gains expected according to Thomson Reuters, on unscheduled maintenance shutdowns in the oilpatch and weakness in the real estate sector following mortgage rule changes.The dip didn’t move the loonie lower because it’s already seen downward pressure lately, said Pashootan.“The fact is it’s one report, and so the market is not reacting to the lower GDP number that we saw, partly because the loonie has been under quite a bit of pressure.”“We were starting from a much more realistic point than when the Canadian dollar was over 80 cents, being its 30-year average. And the other part of it too is we’re seeing some strength with oil prices.”The May crude contract closed up 56 cents at US$64.94 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.73 per mmBTU.The June gold contract ended down US$2.70 at US$1,327.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.02 a pound.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated S&P 500 closing figure as 2,650.87last_img read more

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling

first_imgANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s central bank took action Monday to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.The Turkish lira has nosedived over the past week, accelerating a months-long decline, and tumbled another 7 per cent on Monday as the central bank’s measures failed to restore market confidence.Investors are worried about a confluence of factors: the country’s reliance on foreign loans that may stop flowing in as interest rates rise in other economies, like the U.S.; Erdogan’s insistence that the central bank not raise interest rates, as most independent analysts say it should; and a spat with the U.S. that has led to sanctions and the fear of greater isolation from longtime allies in the West.The uncertainty pushed down world stock markets and briefly caused a sharp drop in the currencies of other emerging countries, like South Africa and India, amid concerns that investors might see similar problems in their economies.The lira hit a record low of 7.23 per dollar late Sunday after Erdogan remained defiant in his economic policies and the standoff against the United States, a NATO ally.“Turkey is faced with an economic siege,” Erdogan said Monday, in the latest of a series of speeches. “We are taking the necessary steps against these attacks and will continue to do so.”He has threatened to seek new alliances — a veiled hint at closer ties with Russia — and warned of drastic measures if businesses withdraw foreign currency from banks.Erdogan also ruled out the possibility of higher interest rates, as they can slow economic growth. But independent analysts say higher rates are needed urgently to stabilize the currency and Erdogan’s hard line is one of the reasons investors are worrying.Erdogan won a second term in office in June under a new system of government that gives him sweeping powers. He has used his new power to put pressure on the central bank to not raise rates.On Monday, the central bank announced a series of measures to “provide all the liquidity the banks need” — but offered no hint of a rate increase.The moves are meant to grease the financial system, ease worries about trouble at banks and keep them providing loans to people and businesses.In times of high uncertainty, banks tend to shy away from lending to each other. A so-called credit crunch, a lack of daily liquidity, can cause a bank to collapse.Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, said the central bank’s measures are unlikely to be enough. In the absence of a decisive rate increase, he said, “it is…hard to look at these announcements as being anything more than temporary calming measures, rather than solutions to the problems at hand.”The lira has now dropped some 45 per cent this year.Part of the concerns about Turkey are the same as other emerging markets. As interest rates rise in the U.S., investors pull their money out of countries that had enjoyed strong economic growth but are perceived as somewhat riskier.Turkey’s situation is among the most precarious among emerging markets because so much of its growth was fueled with debt in foreign currencies. That makes the currency drop so much more painful as it will increase the cost of servicing debt for Turkish companies and banks and could lead to bankruptcies.So far, the impact on developed economies has been relatively contained. Stocks have fallen modestly in the U.S. and Europe since last week, but analysts do not see a big risk of financial turmoil. A few European banks have business there that could lead to losses, but that is not expected to pose a systemic danger to the region.Among the most important things investors are watching out for is whether Turkey, in an effort to stymie the outflow of capital from the country, puts limits on money flows.Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s finance chief — and Erdogan’s son-in-law — said Sunday that the government had no plans to seize foreign currency deposits or convert deposits to the Turkish lira. He said it had readied an “action plan,” without elaborating.The country’s economic trouble has been heightened by a dispute with the U.S. that has centred on the continued detention of an American pastor who is on trial for espionage and terror-related charges. The U.S. has responded by slapping financial sanctions on two ministers and later doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the United States would not achieve aims by exerting pressure and imposing sanctions on Turkey.Addressing a conference in Ankara gathering Turkish ambassadors, he called on Washington to “remain loyal to ties based on traditional friendship and NATO alliance” with Turkey.Meanwhile, Turkey moved to take legal action against hundreds of social media accounts it accused of provoking the lira’s plunge.The Interior Ministry said it initiated legal investigations against 346 social media accounts “which posted content provoking the dollar exchange rate.”It did not provide information on the accounts but said they aimed to “manipulate the dollar rate and form negative perceptions” concerning the Turkish economy.The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office announced it had begun investigating “those who had taken actions which threatened economic stability.” The Capital Markets Board of Turkey issued a similar warning to those who spread “lies, false or misleading information, news or analysis.”___AP Business Writer David McHugh in Frankfurt and Cinar Kiper in Istanbul contributed to this report.last_img read more

Items owned by Colonel Sanders to be auctioned next month

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some items given to Colonel Harland Sanders’ driver and friend are being auctioned next month, including one of the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder’s white suits and matching Stetson hat.Heritage Auctions of Dallas said in a news release that Dick Miller spent the last decade of Sanders’ life working for him. Miller stayed on after Sanders’ death in 1980, helping Sanders’ wife, Claudia, and working for the company. He said he wants to sell his memorabilia so someone who appreciates the items will end up with them.The collection includes the couple’s driver’s licenses and credit cards, an inscribed belt buckle and a wristwatch.The live auction will be Nov. 3 at Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction, with internet bidding available.last_img read more

May faces more Brexit woes after UK minister quits

first_imgLONDON — The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of Brexit says the prime minister’s divorce deal with the bloc would leave Britain outnumbered and outmanoeuvred in future negotiations.Ex-Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah likens the agreement to a soccer match where the opposing team is the both referee and rule-maker.The agreement endorsed by EU leaders last weekend includes the legally binding terms of the U.K.’s departure and an ambitious but vague declaration on future relations.Gyimah said Saturday that the agreement was “a deal in name only. We’ve got a wish-list of aspirations that we intend to negotiate with the EU (after) we’ve lost our voice, our veto and our vote.”Britain’s Parliament is due to vote on the accord Dec. 11.The Associated Presslast_img read more

What to buy every month in 2019

first_imgA new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.Here’s an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.Sound difficult? It’s actually not. Here’s how to maximize sales and plan your shopping for 2019. We listed the best products to buy each month, plus the holidays when you’ll find major sales — and a bonus: the national days when you can score free stuff.JANUARYWith a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These items are discounted in January :—BEDDING AND LINENS. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels.—FITNESS EQUIPMENT. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.—TVS AND ELECTRONICS. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount TVs and other home-theatre essentials.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 21.FREEBIE DAY: National Spaghetti Day is Jan. 4.FEBRUARYIt’s the month of love and gift-giving, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include:—TVS. TV sales spill over from January into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.—WINTER ITEMS. With winter winding down, retailers will be looking to unload inventories of cold-weather products. Look for sales on apparel and winter sports gear.—HOME GOODS. Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on Presidents Day and the weekend preceding the holiday.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Super Bowl is Feb. 3, and Presidents Day is Feb. 18.FREEBIE DAY: National Frozen Yogurt Day is Feb. 6.MARCHThere aren’t any major shopping holidays in March, but that doesn’t mean a lack of sales. Look for deals on these products:—TAX SOFTWARE. Retailers like to discount tax-prep items in March ahead of Tax Day in April.—GRILLS. Buy your summer grilling necessities in March to avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.—ST. PATRICK’S DAY ESSENTIALS. Around St. Patrick’s Day, online retailers and department stores usually discount green-themed clothing, party supplies and jewelry.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: St. Patrick’s Day is March 17.FREEBIE DAY: Pi Day is March 14.APRILApril has its fair share of spring deals and discounts, including:—VACUUMS. Buying a vacuum isn’t the most exciting purchase, but it’ll be less painful if you take advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Look for markdowns at department stores as well as manufacturers like Dyson.—TAX-THEMED ITEMS. Year after year, retailers and restaurants try to lighten the burden of Tax Day with discounts and freebies on services like paper shredding. Keep an eye out for these around mid-April.—EASTER CANDY. The days after the Easter holiday will be filled with markdowns on candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and more.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Easter is April 21.FREEBIE DAY: Tax Day is April 15.MAYApril showers bring May flowers — and sales blossom then, too. Here’s a look at some items to consider buying this month:—SPRING APPAREL. By May, retailers will discount spring clothing that has already been hanging on racks for a month or two.—FURNITURE. Three of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is in May, so look for furniture and home-decor discounts from big-box stores.—SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES. Use May discounts as an opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These products normally are included in Memorial Day sales and make great wedding gifts.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Mother’s Day is May 12, and Memorial Day is May 27.FREEBIE DAY: National Hamburger Day is May 28.JUNEJune may be one of the shorter months of the year, but its supply of opportunities to snag deals isn’t lacking. Smart purchases include:—LINGERIE. Stock up on undergarments in June. That’s when Victoria’s Secret, for example, has been known to host its famed Semi-Annual Sale . The sale usually also occurs in December.—GYM MEMBERSHIPS. Consider buying a gym membership during the summer and be sure to negotiate for the best deal. Gyms may be eager for sign-ups at this time.—MOVIE TICKETS. During the summer months, many movie theatre chains offer film programs, which usually include cheap tickets to children’s movies.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Father’s Day is June 16.FREEBIE DAY: National Doughnut Day is June 7.JULYThe temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain items drop. Consider buying these:—APPAREL. If you don’t want to wait for end-of-summer sales, buy clothes now. You’ll likely find a better price than you would’ve at the start of the season.—PATRIOTIC ITEMS. Retailers like a reason to celebrate. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there’s usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and items that are all three colours), as well as on sporting goods, jewelry and furniture.—PERSONAL ELECTRONICS. Black Friday is a big deal day that falls in November, but many retailers have added Black Friday in July sales, including Best Buy and Amazon (which features Prime Day). Expect discounts in nearly every product category.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Fourth of July is . July 4.FREEBIE DAY: National Ice Cream Day is July 21.AUGUSTClose out summer by buying summer products? That’s right — look for end-of-season clearance sales in August on:—BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES. The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.—OUTDOOR PRODUCTS. Ride out the end of summer with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.—SWIMSUITS. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why swimsuit clearance sales will crest. Buy swimsuits now for next year.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The first day of school is usually in August.FREEBIE DAY: National Waffle Day is Aug. 24.SEPTEMBERWith deals on items as varied as mattresses and back-to-school supplies, September is a surprising month for good buys. Pick up reasonable prices on these:—MATTRESSES. Year after year, September is the time for mattress sales. Expect these from department stores and mattress centres, usually as a part of Labor Day sales.—IPHONES. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhones at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models.—APPLIANCES. Expect a series of blowout deals in the week leading up to Labor Day, including promotions on appliances big and small.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Labor Day is Sept. 2.FREEBIE DAY: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29.OCTOBERDon’t let the cost of shopping scare you during the Halloween season. There will be plenty of deals on these product categories in October:—OUTDOOR FURNITURE. People generally spend less time outdoors when the temperature drops. Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products when summer ends.—JEANS. Fall inventory arrives in stores in August and September, but you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait a few weeks. October is a great time to buy a new pair of jeans.—CANDY. As the month gets closer to Halloween, your chances improve to snag a discounted bag of candy for trick-or-treaters.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Columbus Day is Oct. 14, and Halloween is Oct. 31.FREEBIE DAY: National Taco Day is Oct. 4.NOVEMBERNovember is the month for Black Friday sales, which means some of the most popular technology products fall to their lowest prices:—ELECTRONICS. Electronics like tablets, laptops and gaming systems take centre stage during Black Friday sales. Look for discounts on smartphones and activity trackers, too.—HOME APPLIANCES. Reserve your major home appliance purchase — refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. — for Black Friday deals. Often, sales can also be found throughout the month.—TOOLS. Home improvement stores discount tools, ladders and toolboxes during Black Friday promotions.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and Black Friday is Nov. 29.FREEBIE DAY: National Sandwich Day is Nov. 3.DECEMBERThe end of the year is just the beginning for discounts in some product categories. Look for sale prices on these items in December:—ELECTRONICS. Since Cyber Monday falls in December this year, those Black Friday electronics deals from November will spill over into the new month.—TOYS. Toys are a popular Christmas gift, and stores generally host big toy sales as the holiday season draws to a close.—CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. Beginning the day after Christmas, shop sales for deep discounts — often upward of 50 per cent — on decorations, wrapping paper, ornaments, artificial trees and similar seasonal fixings.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Cyber Monday is Dec. 2, and Christmas is Dec. 25.FREEBIE DAY: National Cookie Day is Dec. 4._______________________________________________This article originally appeared on the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to Save Money: Daily, Monthly and Long Term What to Buy (and Skip) in January What to Buy (and Skip) in February Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale Guide Jespersen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John celebrates Tourism Week

first_imgThe Tourism Fort St John Board was established to aid in the delivery of a community-based approach to tourism development. Tourism Fort St. John encourages tourism development within the city and with tourism providers in order to attract more tourists, increase their length of stay, and increase the volume of tourism experiences.BC’s tourism industry experienced record-setting numbers last year, and the trend is continuing as businesses and destinations across BC have already enjoyed a busy first quarter and are anticipating more record results this summer. Operators and communities around BC are sharing their Tourism Week celebrations on social media using the hashtags #BCTourismMatters and #TourismWeek. Fort St. John, B.C. –  Fort St. John is joining communities, cities, and regions across British Columbia to recognize National Tourism Week that runs May 27 to June 2, 2018.“Our community has enjoyed another banner year. We welcomed over 17,000 visitors last year; enjoying more than 20 tourism businesses that call Fort St John home,” said Mike Whalley, Tourism Fort St. John Board Chair. “Tourism is an important piece of our local economy and supports social, cultural, and recreational benefits for all residents of Fort St John.”“Tourism improves quality of life for British Columbians in many ways – it creates good jobs in every region of the province and allows us to enjoy festivals, museums, sports, arts and culture, making B.C. a better place to live and visit,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “The tourism industry is essential to the fabric of B.C. Our government is committed to championing tourism as we work to grow the industry and attract more visitors from Canada and around the world.”last_img read more